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Stutsman County, North Dakota

58401, 58402, 58405

The Buffalo City
The Pride of the Prairie
Home of the World's Largest Buffalo

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Statistics & Facts

The North Dakota state capital is Bismarck.
The population of Jamestown is approximately 14,687 (2009), 15427 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 6,970 (2000), 6567 (2010).
The amount of land area in Jamestown is 28.811 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Jamestown is 12.5 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.153 sq kilometers.
The distance from Jamestown to Washington DC is 1272 miles.
The distance to the North Dakota state capital is 101 miles. (as the crow flies)
Jamestown is positioned 46.91 degrees north of the equator and 98.69 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Jamestown elevation is 1,407 feet above sea level.
Jamestown per capita income is $ 23,287 (2008).
Jamestown median income is $ 39,125 (2008).
The Jamestown median home price is $ 106,345 (2008).


in eastern North Dakota about 90 miles west of Fargo. Other nearby communities include: Buchanan, Spiritwood Lake, Montpelier, Cleveland, Pingree, Wimbledon, Sanborn and Courtenay.

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History & History Related Items

Fort Seward was opened in 1872 on the James River. The fort was closed just five years later in 1877. The railroad, however, remained. The city of Jamestown was founded in 1872 and incorporated in 1883.
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Home of the World's Largest Buffalo! The Buffalo was named in a 2010 contest. There was a name dedication ceremony on 24 July 2010. The winning name was Dakota Thunder. Built in 1959, this giant buffalo is 26 feet tall and weighs 60 tons. It is made of concrete. It was originally built as an art class project by Jamestown College students. It is seen today in the Frontier Village.

Jamestown Travel and Tourism

National Buffalo Museum
A buffalo herd is on the museum grounds and includes White Cloud, an albino buffalo. A white bull calf was born to White Cloud in 2008 and was named Dakota Miracle.
The museum is located at the Frontier Village
500 17th St. SE
Jamestown, ND
Please check website for details.

Frontier Village
A re-created Prairie Town with 24 buildings. Some of the buildings are original ones that have been moved to this site. Other features are the Kirkpatrick Gallery, the Louis L'Amour Writer's Shack, the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot - built in 1880 - and much more.
I-94 Exit 258
404 Louis L'Amour Lane
Jamestown, ND 58401
Phone: 701-251-9145

Fort Seward
This fort was active from 1872 to 1877. The city of Jamestown grew out of the Fort.
605 10th Ave NW
Jamestown, ND
Phone: 701-251-1875

Stutsman County Memorial Museum
See many original artifacts as well as stained glass and many antiques all displayed in the historic Lutz Mansion.
321 3rd Ave SE
Jamestown, ND
Phone: 701-252-6741

Jamestown Reservoir
Three interlocking lakes on the James River which were formed by the creation of a dam on the river.

Basillica of St James Catholic Church
This Gothic-style church was built in 1914 for the Catholic community in the area. To be designated a basillica by the church is an honor not designated to many. All factors in such designation are antiquity, historical importance, dignity and significance as centers of worship.

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Louis L'Amour - 22 March 1908 - 10 June 1988
The popular western writer, was born in Jamestown. He wrote mainly western fiction but also wrote historical fiction, non fiction as well as some poetry and short stories. Movies were made of quite a few of his books.

Peggy Lee - 26 May 1920 - 21 January 2002
She was born here in Jamestown. At a young age, she began to sing at local venues such as a radio station and restaurant. At the young age of 17, she left home and went to Los Angeles. She had her big break when she was discovered during a gig in Chicago by Benny Goodman. Her career took off after that. She died at age 81 in Bel Air, California.
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Economy & Industry

Agriculture, retail and wholesale business make up the main sectors of the local economy.
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Jamestown City Government

city of Jamestown
102 3rd Ave SE
Jamestown, ND 58401
Phone: 701-252-5900

Jamestown Chamber

Jamestown Chamber of Commerce
120 2nd Street SE
Jamestown, ND 58401
Phone: 701-252-4830

Jamestown Organizations

Jamestown Chamber of Commerce
120 2nd Street SE
Jamestown, ND 58401
Phone: 701-252-4830

Jamestown Libraries

Alfred Dickey Public Library
105 3rd Avenue SE
Jamestown, ND
Phone: 701-252-2990
Stutsman County Library
910 5th St. SE
Jamestown, ND
Phone: 701-252-1531

Jamestown Schools

Jamestown Public Schools
207 2nd Avenue Southeast
Jamestown, ND 58401
Phone: 701-252-1950
St. James Academy
215 SE 5th Street
Jamestown, ND 58401
Phone: 701-252-3397
A private Catholic Christian elementary school from preschool through grade six.

Jamestown College
6000 College Lane
Jamestown, ND 58405
Phone: 701-252-3467
A private liberal arts college run by the Presbyterian Church. It was founded in 1883. Jamestown


The population of Jamestown was:
1880 - 393
1890 - 2,296
1900 - 2,853
1910 - 4,358
1920 - 6,627
1930 - 8,187
1940 - 8,790
1950 - 10,697
1960 - 15,163
1970 - 15,385
1980 - 16,280
1990 - 15,571
2000 - 15,527
2009 - 14,687

Population density:
2000 - 1,246.7 persons per square mile

Median Age:
2000 - 38.6 years

Number of Housing units:
1990 - 6,740
2000 - 6,970

Median household income:
2000 - $ 31,500
2008 - $ 39,125

Per Capita income:
2000 - $ 16,686
2008 - $ 23,287

Median house value:
2000 - $ 65,500
2008 - $ 106,345

Jamestown is located in the Central Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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